Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on. Here's our pick of the best places to sate that Friday feeling

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Fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute, plus the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in London this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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Hackney WickED Art Festival

  • Free

Back for its seventh year in 2014, this energetic three-day festival across Hackney Wick and Fish Island gives the public a chance to explore the labyrinth of creative activity in east London. The line-up will feature a broad selection of art-focused talks, workshops, exhibitions and tours, plus stalls to browse, performances to be wowed by and street food to keep energy levels where they should be. 

  1. Venues in Hackney Wick
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sun Aug 3
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The Gin Library

Pay a visit to Charles Dickens' basement kitchen in Bloomsbury to taste a special selection of the classic spirit that has been hand-picked by The London Gin Club. Back upstairs, a gin bar and walled garden will be filled with live music and flickering candles so that guests can continue to drink their way through the boozy library, and gins will be matched with carefully chosen garnishes and tonics. 

  1. Charles Dickens Museum 48 & 49 Doughty St, WC1N 2LX
  2. Fri Aug 1
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3

Beach Rugby

  • Free

Last year Beach Rugby took over Covent Garden's piazza with a drop of 200 tons of sand and this year they're coming for east London! In Wood Wharf, the area of Canary Wharf where many a pop-up has popped, there will be a pitch large enough for five-a-side touch-rugby tournaments.

  1. Wood Wharf 100 Preston's Rd, E14 9SB
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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Grandmaster Flash

  • Critics choice

'Flash is fast, Flash is cool…' Ever since the heady days of the seminal block parties of the mid-'70s Bronx, Grandmaster Flash has been an ambassador for hip hop - whether with the original Furious Five rap crew, pioneering mixing and scratching, or just rocking parties around the world.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl London The O2 Arena Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Fri Aug 1
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Flamingo Pier

  • Critics choice

Summer approaching = pop-ups start popping up. This full-on fun tropical-themed event is hosted on a pontoon boat moored by a Hackney Wick canalside cafe, and features street food, bespoke cocktails, craft beers and guest DJ sets, which you can dance to on deck or even inside the boat – if you're sparing with your dance moves. 

  1. Counter Café 7 Roach Road, E3 2PA
  2. Fri Aug 1 - Sat Aug 2
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